Green tea extract may help control blood sugar levels, according to a new study.
In a mouse study, researchers administered EGCG, the active compound in green tea, to mice given substances such as fructose to spike their blood sugar levels. The extract reduced glucose levels in the mice induced to postprandial spikes with corn starch or sucrose.
This study suggests that green tea extract may help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by helping to control blood sugar levels.
The study concluded:
"Our results suggest that EGCG acutely reduces postprandial blood glucose levels in mice when coadministered with CCS and this may be due in part to inhibition of α-amylase. The relatively low effective dose of EGCG makes a compelling case for studies in human subjects."